More on our Nebraska Inquiries
Teacher education students at University of Nebraska have been working hard to develop inquiries and encourage students to learn more with compelling questions and disciplinary sources. Check out these new inquiries and more.
What happened to Native Americans during the Civil War?
by Sarah Erb and Laura Sheldon
The US-Dakota War, also known as the Sioux Uprising, began in August of 1862 after a series of broken agreements by the US government towards the tribes. The primary agreement, payment for lands acquired from the Dakota people, was often delayed or entirely forgotten with Union preoccupation with the Civil War. With land not suited for farming and increasingly limited hunting, the tribes were soon struggling to feed their people. Local traders grew reluctant to offer credit, and the Dakota tribes soon felt they had no other option but an armed uprising. Their attacks created a lot of fear amongst whites in the area, and they eventually turned to the federal government for reinforcements. Following surrender in late September, 303 Sioux prisoners were put on trial. On December 26, 1862, 38 of these prisoners were hanged for their crimes in the largest execution in US history. This war offers a glimpse into a larger pattern of injustice by the United States towards Native Americans, and this inquiry seeks to change the narrative to reflect the breadth of persecution faced by Native Americans.
How did baseball create a sense of place in Nebraska towns and cities?
by Jesse Rood
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the ways that baseball and other activities have shaped culture in small American towns. Today, sports seem to be an integral part of everyday life. From youth leagues, to school, and with professionals, sports permeate our everyday life. It’s also big business. This inquiry asks about how one sport, baseball, in particular has shaped local communities in history. Baseball has been thought of as the American national pastime. Of baseball, no less an authority on America than Walt Whitman said, “That’s beautiful: the hurrah game! well — it’s our game: that’s the chief fact in connection with it: America’s game: has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere — belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly, as our constitutions, laws: is just as important in the sum total of our historic life.” With this inquiry, we can test out Whitman’s claim.
Also check out this Blog Post from Jesse about his work on this inquiry.